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Software Developer

School of Anthropology and Conservation

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £27,511 to £30,942 per annum
Grade:  Grade 6
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 27 Months
Release Date:  Thursday 01 April 2021
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Thursday 22 April 2021  (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date:  Friday 30 April 2021
Reference:  HSS-033-21

This is an exciting opportunity to join the University of Kent in the role of Software Developer and to be part of a project focusing on transnational online wildlife trafficking in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

The project will develop and test an enhanced set of tools to identify, monitor and report online illegal wildlife trade (IWT); train government, civil society and private sector partners in these tools, implement a multi-agency approach using them to significantly disrupt online IWT transactions; monitor, evaluate and disseminate project results and incorporate lessons learned into an ongoing improvement of the law enforcement response.

This project represents a joint partnership between the University of Kent and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Working with Dr David Roberts (School of Anthropology and Conservation) and Prof Julio Hernandez-Castro (School of Computing), your role will be to work with our partners to develop software solutions that aid the rapid detection of IWT, collection of evidence and investigation in order to help the team fulfil these overall project aims.

As Software Developer you will:

  • Work with government and private sector partners to identify software needs
  • Develop software solutions and implement these solutions in response to partner needs
  • Work with partners to improve solutions based on testing

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related subject or equivalent 
  • Proven programming experience
  • Experience in any of the following languages: python, go, c, c++, or similar.
  • Ability to provide training of a high standard to stakeholders

If you would like to get more information about the role please contact David Roberts: 

The post holder will be a member of Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, and an affiliated researcher of the Institute of Cyber Security for Society.

The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, based in the School of Anthropology and Conservation, is a world-leading conservation research centre. It is one of the largest conservation-focused academic institutes in the UK and was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2019 for its excellence in research, teaching and impact.

The Institute of Cyber Security for Society is built on the success of Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security, one of only 19 centres in the UK to be recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the National Cyber Security Centre and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for the post.  Please include an example of coding you have created as part of your application, using the option “Other”.

If you require further information regarding the role or the application process, please contact the Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: HSS-033-21

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Please note that we prioritise applications from current University of Kent redeployees. We will let you know if this post is to be filled by a redeployee as, in this instance, your application will unfortunately not be taken forward

Applications must be made via the University’s online application system; CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

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Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, all interviews will take place remotely. 

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